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The state agencies, councils and academia involved with land and water management are summarized below.

Clean Water Council

The Clean Water Council was created through the Clean Water Legacy Act (Minn. Stat. Ch 114D) which was signed into law June 2, 2006. The Council’s role is to advise the Legislature and the Governor on the administration and implementation of the Clean Water Legacy Act. 

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Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources

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The function of the LCCMR is to make funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects, primarily from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF).

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Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council

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The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council was established by the legislature with the responsibility of providing annual funding recommendations to the legislature from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The Outdoor Heritage Fund, one of four funds created by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, receives one-third of the money raised by the tax increase. 

The council ensures recommendations that are consistent with the Constitution and state law and that take into consideration the outcomes of, but not limited to, the Minnesota Conservation and Preservation Plan (pdf), that directly relate to the restoration, protection, and enhancement of wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife, and that prevent forest fragmentation, encourage forest consolidation, and expand restored native prairie.

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture

The mission of the MDA is to "enhance Minnesotan's quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy."

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Minnesota Department of Health

The mission of the MDH is "Protecting, maintaining and improving the Health of all Minnesotans"

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

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Minnesota Department of Transportation

The vision of the MnDOT is that Minnesota’s multimodal transportation system maximizes the health of people, the environment and our economy.

Environmental Stewardship Program

  • Cultural Resources
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Modeling and Testing
  • Environmental Investigation
  • Roadside Vegetation
  • Erosion Control and Stormwater management

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The mission of the MPCA is to "protect and improve the environment and human health."

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University of Minnesota Extension 

The mission of the UMN-Extension is "making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota"

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University of Minnesota Water Resources

The University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center provides leadership in freshwater management through cutting-edge research, educational opportunities for students and professionals, and community outreach.

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